The SAC programme organised a groundwater-surface water workshop that was held at Te Papa, Wellington. Co-presenters included staff from many other institutes and there were 64 attendees. Session organisers were encouraged to promote an interactive workshop environment. This worked better in some sessions than others. The hands-on session delivered from the SAC programme on thermal imaging led by Abi Lovett and Rogier Westerhoff received very positive feedback on this aspect. Other SAC-related sessions included radon, DTS, uncertainty, and rainfall recharge. A workshop summary/report will be generated and distributed.

New funding – $1.2m/yr for 3 years awarded for the 2015 MBIE contestable fund for the GNS-lead Smart Aquifer Models (SAM) project. External reviewer for Environment Canterbury’s Waimakariri -Ashley groundwater modelling project. Continued role on Hawkes Bay Regional Council’s Heretaunga model’s technical advisory panel, and Environment Southlands Technical Advisory Group. Continued role as Associate editor for Hydrogeology journal.

Continued discussions with MfE on data worth prototype development for national monitoring networks. Two CSIRO scientists visited to collaborate on UQ work. Data worth training days being developed for staff and external clients interested in method.

Rawlinson (along with other GNS staff) attended a workshop on HBRC Heretaunga Plains model. There was a lot of interest/concern in being able to understand the aquifer/lithology better between 50 – 500 m depth range - largely due to pressure from drillers to drill deeper. There is a need to simplify understanding of cost-benefit of techniques. New DC resistivity equipment was set up and tested. Time (cost) most suitable for near surface (top ~60 m) high resolution work. Potential to add to the suite of data being used in Otago hydrostratigraphic mapping work.

Rawlinson had discussions with Royal HaskoningDHV and got information from them on some of their ‘community board’ websites they used for informing local communities of projects.

Meetings and discussions were held with ES, HBRC, BoPRC and ES on DTS application in their regions to improve characterise GW-SW interaction in key aquifer-river systems.

Waikato Regional Council is involved in validation of the EWT, ET and rainfall recharge products. Both for the Waipa Region and Hauraki Plains. A Disclaimer and IP document were created to share the data with the help of Anna Jellie (GNS Legal). This disclaimer can be used for all SAC data.

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